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Crop Wild Relative Symposium stimulates discussion on climate change

Image showing MP for Horsham Jeremy Quin MP banking Crop Wild Relative seeds
Fri, 2015-12-04 10:26

The symposium, held on 23 November at Kew's Millennium Seed Bank, included eight speakers from seven different organisations and covered a range of key topics in the area of crop diversity and food security in a changing climate.

Book of the Month - <em>Flowers of Love</em> colouring book

Tue, 2015-12-01 16:07

Inspired by nature, Sue Mason's colouring book has a romantic theme with pictures of plants that are associated with love and attraction.

The book, priced at £10, is on sale from 10 December 2015, but can be pre-ordered from Kew's online shop.

Order the book from Kew's online shop


PhD studentships available

Working in the Jodrell Laboratory
Thu, 2015-11-26 11:45

The London NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) Doctoral Training Partnership brings together nine of the world’s leading research centres in environmental science. The Partnership fosters integrated training of environmental scientists in ways that cross boundaries between established disciplines.

UK's tallest living Christmas tree reaches 36.60 metres

Fri, 2015-11-20 12:03

On 19  November 2015, the Giant Redwood tree was decorated with 1,800 LED bulbs by a team of Wakehurst aboriculturalists, suspended from ropes and in two cherry pickers from dawn until dusk.

Save the Date! State of the World's Plants Symposium

Image of flowers of Eschweilera
Tue, 2015-11-17 10:29

State of the World's Plants Symposium, 11–12 May, 2016

Plants represent one of the most important constituents of biodiversity, the foundation of most of the world’s ecosystems. They hold the potential to tackle many of the world’s present and future challenges, from global food security to mitigating the worst impacts of climate change. Plants are also under pressure from a multitude of threats. It is therefore timely to take a snapshot of the status of the world’s plants and try to answer the questions:

Prof Kathy Willis on BBC Radio 4

Photo of Prof Kathy Willis
Tue, 2015-11-10 12:00

Kew's Director of Science, Professor Kathy J Willis, was interviewed for an episode of The Life Scientific, broadcast this morning on BBC Radio 4.

Presenter Jim Al-Khalili talked to Kathy about the future of biodiversity, the importance of science communication and Kew's plans to make its science more accessible to the public. 

Kathy discusses her distinguished academic career in biodiversity, including fieldwork carried out in the New Forest and the Galapagos Islands.

Kew's wreath laid on Remembrance Sunday

Photo of Lorraine Barker and Carlos Magdalena with Kew&#039;s Remembrance wreathes
Tue, 2015-11-10 11:32

A second identical wreath was also laid at Kew’s own war memorial to commemorate members of the Kew Guild and staff who fell in the First and Second World Wars.

Symposium on crop diversity and climate change

Crop Diversity and Climate Change graphic
Mon, 2015-11-09 13:27

The Role of Crop Diversity in Transitioning to a Resilient Food System in a Changing Climate

Global Crop Diversity Trust (Crop Trust) and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

This one-day symposium organised jointly by the Global Crop Diversity Trust (‘Crop Trust’) and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew (‘RBG Kew’), will bring together experts from around the UK to discuss the role of crop diversity and Crop Wild Relatives (CWR), in building more sustainable and resilient agriculture and food systems.